Abigail Carney Associates 2004 – present

Abigail Carney is a consultant and facilitator with over 30 years’ experience working with arts, cultural and creative industry businesses on vision / mission development; programme and business planning; audience development and engagement; marketing, communications and sales; research and evaluation.

Abigail is a facilitator and focus group moderator who devises and delivers sessions with boards and staff teams to identify issues and opportunities, and solutions and strategies to achieve success. Her reputation has also led to work beyond the arts sector in tourism, education and health.

As a trainer Abigail has devised and delivered workshops on marketing for the British Council for Festival Directors  in Ukraine and Vietnam and for The Arts Council of Malta in Valetta. She devised and delivered the Marketing Module on the MA Cultural & Festival Management programme for Queen Margaret University from 2011 to 2017.

Other current roles

Associate Director: Lammermuir Festival, 2010 – present

Co-development of Lammermuir Festival, winner of RPS Best UK Classical Music Festival, leading on branding, marketing, sales, front of house and customer care, now achieving attendances of over 80%


Chair: Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, 2014 – 2019
Honorary Fellow: MA Cultural Management, Queen Margaret University 2015 – 2018
Co-Founder & Director: Step Up Mentoring Programme, 2008 – 2019

Marketing & Communications Director, and co-founder, Imaginate
Marketing Manager, Scottish International Children’s Festival
PR & Events Development Director, Edinburgh Marketing (Tourist Board)
Head of Marketing, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company
Publicity Officer, Traverse Theatre